― gareth, Wednesday, 3 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
(although I didn't have
time to actually buy anything, damn you ILE)
― Graham, Friday, 5 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
I don't look anything like her! We both have the same hairdo that is
ALL. Dammit! DAMMIT ALL TO HELL IN A HANDCART.
― Sarah, Friday, 5 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
― Richard Tunnicliffe, Friday, 5 October 2001 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
― martha fletcher, Friday, 3 October 2003 09:17 (sixteen years ago) link
Are there any mancunians checking this board?I m this half french guy coming to visit his relatives in manchester, and i would really fancy having a drink with some ilxers tomorrow...
― Snowballing, Friday, 12 June 2009 23:53 (ten years ago) link
See the fleet of cruising carsgo past the stations and the bars.Never stop to get outin case they choose to cruise about.Well, I tell you, that boy,he stopped up at the station.He must be on a mission of passionCouldn't make out whether he was fromSalford or...ah... Manchester.And this London visitor had this to say:"Cheater"Cheetham Hill.Only way you stop is for passion at the station.Why you cruising? To be unfaithful.You want to settle up, you want to settle down.And some man really hurt you.He isn't around in Cheetham.You cheated.Well I tell you,That boy, he stopped up at the station.He must be on a mission of passion.Cheater.Cheetham Hill.Where you going, boy? Are you cheatin'?Is that why you come from Cheetham Hill?When you stopped up at the stationwas it an excuse to get away from your wife?Couldn't make out whether he was fromSalford or...ah...ManchesterAnd this London visitor had this to say"Cheater"Cheetham.(Cheetham Hill.)(customisedintentionalthere's no need to go berserkyou don't scratch my nice green MercI wont need to go berserkif you don't scratch my nice green Merc...)
― the unfished business of display names only (country matters), Friday, 12 June 2009 23:55 (ten years ago) link
What was the john peel quote around manchester football teams being crap and the music being fantastic
― derry2010, Saturday, 6 March 2010 11:42 (nine years ago) link
Here until Tuesday, anybody want to meet for a drink? Staying around the corner from Oldham street...
― Franz Kappa (S-), Thursday, 3 November 2011 23:37 (eight years ago) link
What's good in terms of places to eat?
...any good arthouse cinemas?
― xyzzzz__, Friday, 18 September 2015 09:16 (four years ago) link
I was pleased with the food and the drink in this place: http://www.marblebeers.com/marble-arch/
― Tim, Friday, 18 September 2015 09:19 (four years ago) link
Looks good (although that first pic :-))! From the postcode I am staying near there
― xyzzzz__, Friday, 18 September 2015 09:22 (four years ago) link
manchester has a brand new arthouse cinema! - http://homemcr.org/
plenty of good places to eat depending on what sort of thing you're looking for. the armenian taverna is a meat fest in a subterranean grotto, el rincon is great for unpretentious argentine tapas, samsi on whitworth st a v good japanese restaurant...
― ogmor, Friday, 18 September 2015 09:33 (four years ago) link
Thanks ogmor. As to what I'm looking for just recommend anything you really enjoyed and I'll be looking to try.
― xyzzzz__, Friday, 18 September 2015 09:44 (four years ago) link
2nd week here - why is the centre of the city being carved open, roadworks seemingly everywhere. Couple of biblical showers last week but great weather at the start of the week..
Found a shop that does pancakes for breakfast, makes a change from the hotel (LOL bastards can't even do porridge).
Otherwise finding my way - Arndale annoying, otherwise Marblebeers is nice Tim thanks. Thomas Street has that Dalston vibe, reminding me of fkn 'home' - really all that this needed was shit furniture. Will go back for pork pie (which they didn't have when I went in).
Also went to the Armenian and certainly going back. Funnily enough I was reading a passage about Mandelstam's "Journey to Armenia" in another bk. Good place.
Found what seems to be Chinatown in Faulkner Street so working my way.
Found a really nice comics and bookshop - will note its name down for my next update, should I live.
― xyzzzz__, Monday, 28 September 2015 20:58 (four years ago) link
gullivers on oldham st, and the castle across the road are your go-to pubs. often got live music, spoken word, comedy on. friendly mix of old manc & new
― NI, Tuesday, 29 September 2015 02:04 (four years ago) link
Yes NI whilst walking back I took a detour and saw Gullivers and I think the Castle (there was some Karaoke coming out of it), totally going for a drink tonight at the former - looked really good.
― xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 29 September 2015 11:48 (four years ago) link
no karaoke at castle, it's really not that kind of place! my mate's hosting a spoken word event there tonight, free entry and always great.
― NI, Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:08 (four years ago) link
Paramount books near shudehill bus station/back of the arndale? if not you should definitely visit.
forgot to update this, but other notable eateries - habesha on sackville street, the spiral staircase in the corner of a kebab shop is an inauspicious entrance but this is a pretty great and very reasonable ethiopian&eritrean restaurant.
there are a few good curry houses in the city centre, I'd probably go for rajdoot, which is on the opposite side of albert square to the armenian taverna, but if you can make it to rusholme it's worth a stroll (I like sanam, the palestinian falafel place is also fantastic) and the great kathmandu on burton road in didsbury is probably my overall favourite.
not sure what your plans are but if you're up for a pint ilxmail me!
― ogmor, Wednesday, 30 September 2015 16:21 (four years ago) link
Yeah Paramount - paid a quick visit, looks great.
Saw this quickly last night and went to Habesha and that's great - really good local knowledge there, never spot that in a million years.
Been wondering re: curry house. Will try.
Will ilxmail - up for a drink sometime.
― xyzzzz__, Thursday, 1 October 2015 10:05 (four years ago) link
Any restaurants in Manchester that you (or rather my sister) would be pleased to get a birthday voucher for? (Meals? Afternoon tea?)
― djh, Tuesday, 3 November 2015 21:27 (four years ago) link
― cardamon, Thursday, 5 November 2015 01:03 (four years ago) link
I would be extremely pleased to visit one of the Simon Rogan places at The Midland, but that may be further up the £££ scale than you had in mind.
― Tim, Thursday, 5 November 2015 07:04 (four years ago) link
yeah for a treat the midland would be good
― ogmor, Thursday, 5 November 2015 12:13 (four years ago) link
I hear wonderful things about the lime tree in didsbury as well which would be considerably more reasonable
― ogmor, Thursday, 5 November 2015 12:30 (four years ago) link
Going to Rajdoot now and its outstansding.
Also go to Samsi as I stay nearby there - bdesides serving a terrific Katsu cuury it has good ice cream for dessert.
― xyzzzz__, Thursday, 5 November 2015 12:52 (four years ago) link
glad you like rajdoot! love a samsi bento box and the sushi must be the best in manchester by quite a way
― ogmor, Thursday, 5 November 2015 13:07 (four years ago) link
― ogmor, Tuesday, 8 December 2015 13:08 (four years ago) link
El Rincon is brilliant tapas place, went last night and it is tough to get a table (and you can only book in advance if its for three ppl at least)
Extra offline recommends from ogmor that I've also checked out:
- Yuzu is an excellent, humble Japanese place in the less busier corner in Faulkner street
- Salvi is a v good Italian on John Dalton Street
― xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 9 December 2015 12:41 (four years ago) link
For breakfast I settled on Fig + Sparrow on Oldham street - which doubles as a design shop.
― xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 9 December 2015 12:43 (four years ago) link
Ppl at fig are v friendly although they weren't open at 8am (xmas parties season then?)
Went for some pancakes + berries + yoghurt (er @ that mix) and the jukebox was '97: Manics, Verve, Radiohead, Ash, MANSUN. LOL Indie. What corruption and filth.
― xyzzzz__, Friday, 18 December 2015 09:44 (four years ago) link
I haven't been to Manchester in 24 years, but I'm glad to see some things haven't changed.
― something totally new, it’s the AOR of the twenty first century (tipsy mothra), Sunday, 3 January 2016 05:06 (four years ago) link
― Jebtsundamba Khutuktu (nakhchivan), Sunday, 3 January 2016 08:59 (four years ago) link
Michael Cawley @cawleym1 Jan 1 Hogarthian in all respects, the pissed bloke getting his beer has poignant poetic majesty.
― Jebtsundamba Khutuktu (nakhchivan), Sunday, 3 January 2016 09:00 (four years ago) link
There is a Buddhist centre and a v gd veg cafe round the corner from there.
― xyzzzz__, Sunday, 3 January 2016 11:23 (four years ago) link
just down the road from Paramount Books as well
full sequence of events:
― soref, Sunday, 3 January 2016 12:45 (four years ago) link
Get a giggle everytime I walk by Well Street.
Are there any good vegetarian resturants in Manchester?
― xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 20 January 2016 14:43 (four years ago) link
1847, right in the centre of town, is really good, I went there a few months ago. Excellent organic wine list too.
― The Male Gaz Coombes (Neil S), Wednesday, 20 January 2016 14:53 (four years ago) link
I'll check it out tx.
what's the deal with Paramount books? that is now only open on Sat and Sun - before xmas its opening hours only included Friday.
Is that the main indepedent bookseller in the city centre?
― xyzzzz__, Thursday, 21 January 2016 13:04 (four years ago) link
also: soref, neil s - both myself and ogmor were talking about a Manchester fap sometime (no it won't end like those pics above :-))
Let us know whether you might be around in Feb sometime.
― xyzzzz__, Thursday, 21 January 2016 13:05 (four years ago) link
manchester/nw ilx needs to rally together or at least congeal in the NQ somewhere
― ogmor, Thursday, 21 January 2016 15:43 (four years ago) link
and one more - otherwise me and ogmor will hopefully get to paint the town do something
― xyzzzz__, Thursday, 4 February 2016 16:44 (four years ago) link
Is there a good place for breakfast that might do some nice things? (French toast or pancakes or just nice porridge) and that opens at 7am.
― xyzzzz__, Thursday, 4 February 2016 16:46 (four years ago) link
sorry never responded to yr kind invite, I'm actually London-based but am in Mcr to see my brother & my GF's family fairly often, if that coincides with an Mcr FAP then I will give you a shout!
― Gaz upon my works ye mighty, and despair (Neil S), Thursday, 4 February 2016 16:48 (four years ago) link
No worries I'll hopefully get to firm up a day and revive this.
― xyzzzz__, Thursday, 4 February 2016 16:50 (four years ago) link
― ogmor, Thursday, 4 February 2016 18:56 (four years ago) link
there's also helmet street
― For bodies we are ready to build pyramids (whatever), Friday, 9 September 2016 16:15 (three years ago) link
― ogmor, Thursday, 16 February 2017 13:39 (three years ago) link
I'd really like to just go and lie in that, go to sleep, and then they can bring the water back.
― Never changed username before (cardamon), Friday, 17 February 2017 18:14 (three years ago) link
rip, sweet prince
― ogmor, Friday, 17 February 2017 20:40 (three years ago) link
Not far from the corner of Portland Street and Oxford Street is the Temple, which is an old public toilet converted into a tiny bar below ground level selling mostly European beer. https://www.visitmanchester.com/food-and-drink/the-temple-of-convenience-p160601
My favourite place in Manchester is John Rylands Library on Deansgate, within walking distance of Portland Street. It’s a fantastic Victorian building, more like a church than a library. https://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/rylands/visit/
― AlanSmithee, Saturday, 9 February 2019 17:22 (one year ago) link
you're right in the centre & well positioned for most things. I also love john rylands (esp the top floor) and have a soft spot for temple. there'll be loads of chinese new year stuff on, esp round the town hall and st anne's square, & some leonardo da vinci drawings have just gone on display at the nearby art gallery if yr in the mood but otherwise the city is your oyster. give me an ilxmail if you fancy meeting for a pint &/or wander
― ogmor, Saturday, 9 February 2019 17:56 (one year ago) link
There's myself and a few mates over but if I can squeeze in a meet-up, I'll let you know
― . (Michael B), Saturday, 9 February 2019 18:32 (one year ago) link
I’ll give the football museum 5/10
― the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Saturday, 9 February 2019 18:37 (one year ago) link
that is the correct way to go about things, enjoy!
― ogmor, Saturday, 9 February 2019 18:44 (one year ago) link
I was basking in the glamour of League One football at Rochdale earlier today
― . (Michael B), Saturday, 9 February 2019 19:30 (one year ago) link
Crazy Pedro's was a good laugh last night
― . (Michael B), Sunday, 10 February 2019 09:42 (one year ago) link
nice ground is Spotland, been there a few times. the Science Museum is underrated, but probably full of dangerous hordes of vicious killers during half term.
― calzino, Sunday, 10 February 2019 10:06 (one year ago) link
Andy Burnham beside me in Temple talking about Sex Pistols and R.E.M. haha.
― Your dad's Carlos Boozer and you keep him alive (fionnland), Friday, 15 February 2019 18:34 (one year ago) link
So Marvel are filming in Manchester today - Oldham street. They moved all the homeless and have replaced them with actors dressed as homeless people.— Lily (@lilyhuggins) March 26, 2019
― ogmor, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 09:34 (ten months ago) link
They filmed Captain America a small block away from me. You can still see some of the 'stuff' they did in the actual street; blackened out painted windows, remnants of the old fake posters etc. Also Peaky Blinders and the uh.. remake of Alfie. The Northern Quarter has been a bit of a hot spot these last 10 years.
― piscesx, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 10:07 (ten months ago) link
get that fucking marvel shite out of this country pls!
― calzino, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 10:11 (ten months ago) link
we need to monetise our urban decay somehow!
― ogmor, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 10:13 (ten months ago) link
We should be creating a hostile environment for hollywood cunts bothering homeless people.
― calzino, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 10:18 (ten months ago) link
Samir's in Stretford is so fkn good. He had a restaurant in Syria and he's been open a few months on Chester Road now in the place that Sip Club had previously been putting on pop-up restaurants in. Everything is much cheaper and better than it needs to be but the mutabal in particular is glorious & the nutty kebabs are really rich and delicious. They cld do with some more business, strongly recommend it
― ogmor, Tuesday, 25 June 2019 21:37 (seven months ago) link
Thanks for the suggestion!
My favourite Ethiopian in Manchester, the Blue Nile Cafe in Stretford sadly closed a couple months ago. Haven't really explored anything else in the area yet.
― tashted the milk of human kindnesh - an' it's a lot of Fermillac (fionnland), Tuesday, 25 June 2019 21:44 (seven months ago) link
yeah it's so sad, the woman that ran it was a total sweetheart, said she loved having the restaurant but seemed to undercharge us every time and was always struggling with the bills. habesha is still good tho!
― ogmor, Tuesday, 25 June 2019 21:50 (seven months ago) link
Yeah - Tiggy is amazing, she's pretty much the reason I went hiking in Ethiopia last September which was my favourite ever holiday.
Habesha is v good but the injera leaves a lot to be desired. Also when I was in the other week it seemed like they had stopped doing the raw kitfo!The Eritrean on Port Street is pretty great, as is Merhaba - though I never find myself in Rusholme.
― tashted the milk of human kindnesh - an' it's a lot of Fermillac (fionnland), Tuesday, 25 June 2019 22:06 (seven months ago) link
very nice! whereabouts did you hike? went to ethiopia a few years back, got hooked on doro wat in particular and had a similarly amazing time, we had planned to go hiking in the simien mountains but then decided to go to axum instead and can't say I regret it but wld love to go again if circs permit.
― ogmor, Tuesday, 25 June 2019 22:22 (seven months ago) link
For me it was all about the gomen tibs! Ah, I wanted to visit the monuments up at Axum and the Danakil Depression but couldn't fit them into my itinerary! Next time!
I spent a couple days in Addis for the new year celebrations, and H from here suggested Fendika which was a great way to experience the music. Then flew up to Lalibela which was actually my favourite bit. The churches are something else with a bit of beautiful hiking/hospitality in the surrounding area, and I even ended up as guest at a fab two day wedding. From there I went on to Bahir Dir and the Simien mountains/Ras Dashen for a further 5 days of hiking. Just unbelievably beautiful up there - though I basically had to reteach myself to breathe every morning ha.
― tashted the milk of human kindnesh - an' it's a lot of Fermillac (fionnland), Tuesday, 25 June 2019 22:43 (seven months ago) link
that sounds suitably incredible. likewise we had a great time in addis, in large part due to H, then went to bahir dar, gondar, axum and lalibela. lalibela exceeded my very high expectations and was intense to go round again first thing in the morning when no one was around. couldn't really get over how gorgeous the landscape was. we were there at the same time of year as well and everything was fantastically green, meskel flowers in bloom, lightning storms over lake tana in the evening... yeah, next time
― ogmor, Wednesday, 26 June 2019 08:24 (seven months ago) link
everyone knows it and is still shrugging
― ogmor, Monday, 21 October 2019 10:16 (three months ago) link
28 affordable homes. Fuck me
― xyzzzz__, Monday, 21 October 2019 10:45 (three months ago) link
"Posters have already appeared announcing the birth of “Manc-hattan”. But the truth is we are a long way from that uplifting skyline. This is more like something you’d see on the outer ring road of a third-tier Chinese city."
empty concrete/glass monoliths, Giggsy, Neville and Fred Done running roughshod over a corrupt planning dept - what a fucking dystopian shitshow! Hasn't Burnham got anything to say about this?
― calzino, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 08:38 (three months ago) link
did shaun ryder die for nothing
― expedited frictionless convergences (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 08:40 (three months ago) link
I've Northside Towers is ready to break ground!
― calzino, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 08:41 (three months ago) link
― calzino, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 08:42 (three months ago) link
This is a knock-on effect of austerity, right? Massively reduced central government funding -> councils desperately need to increase their tax base -> developers have them over a barrel? This is without me knowing anything about the ideological bent of individual Manchester councillors obviously.
Leaving aside ongoing gentrification + the effects of the BBC in Manchester, the people most in need get fucked twice, once with slashed government support and again with rising housing costs and consequent displacement.
― Matt DC, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 08:46 (three months ago) link
yes that's otm. the mayor's role is v vague and weak atm hence him getting ppl to sign his campaign for 18 new powers and this is currently outside of his purview. owen hatherley reckons we need a haringey style coup, idk how that worked in practical terms and ppl in haringey still seem pissed off about corporate regeneration schemes and social cleansing. the council are inexplicably feeble at enforcing social housing quotas on developers, I think they have the worst record in the country, and I doubt the entirety of the property boom can be put down to this slackness, but without reversing the cuts I'm not sure how much could be improved
― ogmor, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 08:53 (three months ago) link
It mentions one of the projects couldn't get planning permission previously because of its height and now an even taller version has been green-lighted, it all comes down to reduced central gov funding, be nice if they'd admit this rather than barely credible speak of "robust assessment"
I'm looking forward to a really measured and thoughtful counter piece in the Graun by Giggsy on this.
― calzino, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 09:00 (three months ago) link
the bbc is ofc in salford, which from the little I know seems like a better council despite being poorer and having had I think the worst cuts in percentage terms of any council
― ogmor, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 09:01 (three months ago) link
The BBC's in Salford but I guess a lot of the people who work there live in Manchester and these developments are there to service that demand?
― Matt DC, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 09:10 (three months ago) link
the ppl I know who work round media city live in trafford or salford, which is more suburban. I'm sure there are plenty in the city centre but part of the problem with the new developments is they're not v family friendly (neither is the city centre) and I'd imagine it's only a fraction of the overall demand and a lot of the developments are happening over the other side of town, are aimed at rich foreign students etc.
― ogmor, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 09:25 (three months ago) link
some very small scale local property developer fuckery that pissed me off in recent years is a row of beautiful cottages that were built in the 1650's and would have only required minor refurbs to make them good, that were bulldozed down, and the space they inhabited has sat empty/become part of some developers land collection ever since. An early 1800's derelict building with a handsome (but broken and stopped for years) clock-tower recently demolished and the ugly ass wooden/breeze block flats construction they are putting in its place would have caused Nairn to have a stroke.
― calzino, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 10:17 (three months ago) link
Free ticket to see Earth at Gorilla tonight if anyone wants it - won it in a competition and one of my pals has dropped out
― knowing for certain the first touch of the light will finish you (fionnland), Monday, 11 November 2019 15:31 (three months ago) link